It seems that the flamboyant English all-rounder, Ben Stokes has fed-up of the controversies in his cricket career. On Tuesday, he clarified well in advance that he would “never ever…” Mankad India skipper Virat Kohli even if he gets an opportunity to do so in the 2019 World Cup final.
Taking to Twitter, Stokes wrote,
“Hopefully I’m playing in the World Cup final and if @imVkohli is batting when I’m bowling I would never ever ever ever ever ever…..just clarifying to the mentions I’ve received. #hallabol”.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 26, 2019
Ben Stokes’ statement comes after the question posted by Shane Warne on his social media followers as to how the cricket fraternity would have reacted if Stokes Mankaded Kohli at the World Cup.
Warne had channelized all his anger on Twitter regarding the first-ever instance of Mankading in Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. The bowling legend blasted Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin for coming up with a “disgraceful and embarrassing” act of running out Buttler at the non-striker’s end without giving him a prior warning.
Sorry – one more thing to add. If Ben Stokes did what Ashwin did to @imVkohli it would be ok ? I’m just very disappointed in Ashwin as I thought he had integrity & class. Kings lost a lot of supporters tonight. Especially young boys and girls ! I do hope the BCCI does something
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019
Warne also took a dig at Indian experts, including Harsha Bhogle, for backing Ashwin even as social media was divided over the Mankading incident from the fourth match of IPL 2019 in Jaipur. He tweeted, “Harsha, if that had of been an international player you would have nailed him! Please do not be bias & stick up for your own. Any player in the game that does that to anyone is an embarrassment to the game & as captain, it’s even more disgraceful!”
Similarly, slamming experts who had backed Ashwin, former England skipper Michael Vaughan asked if they would support a bowler who Mankads superstar cricketer, Virat.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 25, 2019
On Monday, during a match between RR and KXIP, after Buttler’s dismissal of 69 from 43 balls, the Royals suffered a collapse, losing their last seven wickets for just 22 runs. Despite being under the pump, skipper Ashwin gave a clarification to his act, saying he played by the rules when he ran Buttler out at the non-striker’s end.
During the post-match presentation, Ashwin said, “It was pretty instinctive. I actually didn’t load and he (Buttler) left the crease. That’s always been my take on it because it’s my half of the crease. I was not even at the crease, he wasn’t even looking at me and he just left the place”.
Fans reacted to Stokes’ tweet mostly in an affirmative way and here are some tweets:
— Shivam (@shivam1794) March 26, 2019
Waiting for Kohli to be halfway down the pitch now against England, they said they won't do anything. Thanks Stokesy. https://t.co/hqtNYtAvxw
— Clive (@vanillawallah) March 26, 2019
Good on you mate.. You've earned respect of everyone https://t.co/57fjIk3N10
— sʜᴀʏᴋʜ🚬 (@ace_shaykh) March 26, 2019